Media Guides are something that I’ve never specifically set out to collect. In fact, with the exception of just Padres stuff in general, there hasn’t been any one particular thing that I’ve intended to collect. However, after years of buying bundles of items and what not, I have assembled a pretty solid Media Guide collection.

They are actually pretty fun to skim through. Minor League data was tough to find back in the early days and it’s all in there. Team award winners? All there. Where every team is staying when they travel? Also in there.

The only ones I’m missing, to the best of my knowledge, is the 1969, 1996 Post Season, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014. If anyone has any of these that they would like to donate to the cause it would greatly be appreciated.

So take a gander and enjoy!

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The past few days haven’t seemed real. I’ve tried to write something a few times now but can never seem to get through it. The tributes have swarmed in from all across the country, for the legendary Tony Gwynn. You’ve seen the amazing stats. You’ve heard the amazing stories. Here at .400 in ’94 we do Padres merch. In case you don’t get the name, back in 2009 I named the site after Tony’s historic run at .400 in 1994. So all day long I will be posting Tony Gwynn stuff on the @400in94 twitter feed. Follow along if you want. I hope something there will bring a smile to your face.

We will all dearly miss you Tony.

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I originally intended to post this last week, but with the chaos of a Spring Training trip quickly approaching, I had a ton of stuff to get done before leaving.

Last year the San Diego chapter of SABR (also known as the Ted Williams Chapter) had their first Garage Sale at the Hall of Champions. I was there that day, bought a few things and posted about it here. So when Met from Padres Trail announced that it would be returning this year AND that it was at the Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill, I knew that I had to go once again. This time I had home field advantage.

I got there a little early and ran into some other collectors and ItsDis. As the doors opened, they all ate my dust though, as I was the first to rush in. There was considerably less items this year, but there was still some awesome stuff to be had.

I got a few things to add to my crazy collection:

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Gather around kids. Let me take you back to a time where DVD’s and Blu Ray discs didn’t exist. A time where you couldn’t just easily skip to a certain section of the movie. Yeah, sounds crazy right? Well that’s what it was like during the VHS era. I have a handful of Padres VHS tapes that I’m going to show you. I really need to convert these so I have them to enjoy forever and ever, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. I’ll just list off the tapes I have here and “review” them all at a later date. VHS!

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I recently picked up a couple Padres pennants to add to my collection. My goal is to have them all hanging up in my garage one day. Much like most of the other stuff in my stash, I didn’t set out to collect this particular item, it just accumulated over time.

Do you have some favorite pennants? Rare ones? Write about it and add a picture in the comments below!

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No this post isn’t about the musical group who brought the slow jams to the masses in the 80′s & 90′s, this is about Tony Gwynn. As you know I come up with stupid blog post titles.

I’ve only posted a few Gwynn items so far. The street banner, poster, Russian Nesting Dolls & Carlos Delgado‘s his McFarlane figures. Since I was a kid Tony has always been my favorite player of all-time, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have quite the extensive Gwynn collection. So let’s take a look at some of them….CAUTION: Bobbleheads are on the horizon!

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My overwhelming Padres collection has grown rapidly since I’ve gained some room moving into my new house. But one thing will never change, the brown items will always take priority over all others. So let’s look at some of my favorites.

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This clip on tie is from the late 80′s (85-90) based on the colors and style. It’s 100% Polyester and was made by Corporate Textiles Inc. When I looked up this company it says that they make custom ties, so it’s possible this is a custom creation and I have the only one. It’s also possible they had a contract with MLB and sold millions of these bad boys. Or based on some recent discoveries (bow ties? different color clip ons?), it’s possible these were worn by ushers during that era. Everyone has probably seen me wear this a time or two. It’s one of my personal favorites among my collection.

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This week I’ll hit up a few items from the 70′s and early 80′s.

First up is a plastic McDonalds baseball card holder from 1974. 1974 was the first year for Ray Kroc owning the Padres so this promotion makes sense. The baseball cards are round and the players I have are Randy Jones, Dave Winfield, Bobby Tolan, Fred Kendall, Glenn Beckert, Johnny Grubb, John McNamara, a Padres Home Schedule for August and September and lastly a card with Ronald McDonald swinging a bat. On the back of the Ronald card it lists when cards were given away.

7/31-8/4: Willie McCovey and Bill Greif
8/5-8/11: Nate Colbert and Matty Alou
8/12-8/18: Dave Roberts and Johnny Grubb
8/19-8/24: Bobby Tolan and Dave Winfield

I don’t know if this was a McDonalds promotion or a Padres promotion but it’s pretty cool that each week the kids could get 2 new cards until they completed the collection. I’ll have to try and complete mine some day.

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This Saturday, a good majority of the Padres Public crew will be attending the Lake Elsinore Storm game as they take on the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros). We have a Party Deck reserved and are all excited to be attending. It is Social Media Night, along with Martial Arts Night AND you get FREE Hidden Valley dressing that night.Pure awesomeness. That right there is Minor League baseball in a nutshell. I have been many times over the years and it never disappoints. Cheap, fun, quality entertainment for the whole family and if you haven’t been to a game at The Diamond yet, then you are truly missing out.

In years past I stuck to Padres only bobbleheads. But recently I have begun hitting up the Minor League bobbleheads as well. This is a little more difficult since I can’t exactly attend every game in Lake Elsinore, Eugene, Fort Wayne, San Antonio or Tucson since I live in San Diego. I sometimes see them on eBay but they tend to be a little pricey for some reason. I have a few from the various teams but I’ll focus on the Storm for this post.

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Search engine optimization be damned! I create titles that are fun/stupid. This post is about records and clocks. Why? Because I wanted to post about records and clocks.

Here is a record that was released after the 1984 season by KFMB. All net proceeds of the sales went to the American Diabetes Association. As opposed to the other Padres ’84 NL Champs record below, this one is full of songs. I’ve listened to it a few times and it always brings a smile to my face.

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Side One
Talkin’ Baseball by Terry Cashman
Thunderin’ Lumber by Steve Vaus
Doin’ The Goose by Glenn Erath-Hudson & Bauer Singers
The Garv by KFMB’s Hudson & Bauer
Talkin’ Number One by Steve Vaus
Padres Win Again by Eric Show

 

Side Two
Hey Pads by Glenn Erath-Hudson & Bauer Singers with Steve Horn
The Garv by KFMB’s Hudson & Bauer
Steve Garvey National Anthem by Steve Vaus
Tiger Safari by Glenn Erath & Steve Horn
The Committee by Steve Vaus
We Are Still The Champions by Glenn Erath & Karen McDermott
Dreams Can Come True…Ode to Ray by Mutimer & Friends

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